If you thought George Blanda's career was extensive, get a load of Gordie Howe.
Howe, like Blanda, began his professional career in the 1940s, making his debut in 1946.
He then went on to play an astounding 25 consecutive seasons with the Red Wings, an unparalleled number in terms of franchise loyalty.
Along the way, the ambidextrous shooter (yes, he really could shoot adeptly with either hand) collected four Stanley Cup trophies, and took home the league's Most Valuable Player award on six different occasions while manning right wing.
In 1971, Howe left the Red Wings due to a chronic wrist ailment and spent two years away from hockey. By 1973, Howe had had his wrist operated on and was ready to get back on the ice...never mind the fact that he was 45 years of age.
Howe found a home with the Houston Aeros of the upstart World Hockey Association and spent four seasons deep in the heart of Texas, winning the league's MVP award in 1974.
In 1977, the now-49-year-old Howe signed on to play with the WHA's New England Whalers. After two seasons with the Whalers, the WHA folded and his current club merged with the league he had made his name in, the NHL.
In his final season, the 51-year-old Howe played in all 80 games for the Whalers, helping lead his team to the playoffs.
After 32 years on ice, Howe hung up the skates for good in 1980. That is until 1997, when he signed on for one game with the Detroit Vipers of the International Hockey League.
His brief stay with the Vipers extended his career into a sixth decade, making Howe the only professional hockey player to accomplish such a feat.
Howe was inducted into the Pro Hockey Hall of Fame long before his career had come to a close. That distinction was bestowed upon him in 1971. Today, he is remembered as one of the greatest athletes of all-time, not to mention our premier age-defier.